Keith Laguna and Angelica Caporuscio, owners of Tonic MRKT in the Asheville Outlet Mall, join us for episode #0021. Tommy Green gets drunk pounding New Holland Dragons Milk in stupor awe of this incredible couple and their story, while Crowler skillfully manages the interview. Tonic MRKT is the only bottle shop and craft beer bar in an outlet mall in the nation. The ALE and ABC of North Carolina gave approval for Tonic MRKT to allow its customers to walk out their door drinking beer and go shopping throughout the mall.
Owner Mike Weeks and brewer Jeremy Bruder drink local now with us for episode #0020 at their Fifth Season Gardening hydroponic and homebrew store on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. Find out about the oldest bar tab in the World and horse blanket on the flavor wheel (ref: cat piss #0016). "More esoteric styles of beer are on the horizon and less innovation," postulates Jeremy. Local hops growning in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mexican hops, Australian hops, and Sierra Nevada's trademark ownership of a specific type of hop are cheery topics of discourse. Though tropical plants are the big sellers at Fifth Season, we go for the great craft beer on tap and their all-gender bathrooms.